You might know your shoe size in the shoe sizing system of the country or continent you live in, but how to deal with shoes and sizes when shopping online from the other side of the ocean? If you are from the United States, you know e.g. you’re a 9 but how to convert a US shoe size into EU? Are shoe sizes in EU measured in inches? And is there a different range of shoe sizes for men and for women as well? So before you press that “buy” button, take a few minutes to read this article, it includes useful information such as a detailed shoe size conversion chart and will save you from making wrong choices.
The most common U.S. adult shoe sizes range from 4 to 12 in total but these numbers include two different sizing systems for men and women. U.S. women’s sizes range from 4 to 12 and U.S. men’s sizes from 6 to 16 – a woman’s shoe size 7 is smaller than a man’s size 7. Plus, men’s sizes are more wide fit than women’s sizes, which tend to be more narrow. Apart from these differences, the U.S. shoe sizing system has a distinct children and youth shoe sizing range as well.
The European style
For European shoe sizes there is a common sizing system for women, men and children, measured in centimeters. The number, though, does not correspond directly to the size of the shoe. For example, an EU size 37 will not be 37 centimeters long, but will be about 24 centimeters. The range of most common EU sizes starts from 18 to 34 for babies to young kids and from 35 till 50 for adults. All European shoe sizes are unisex so it depends on the fashion details to determine whether the shoe is for women or men. If a pair of shoes size 40 is e.g. neutral sports shoes like total black or white, these will be comfortable for both genders. The last few years more European shoe companies offer options regarding the width of a shoe as well. This is mostly an option for men shoes and women winter shoes.
So if you are shopping for non-US shoe sizes and were wondering how to convert correctly a US shoe size into EU, check below the shoe size conversion chart we made up for US, EU and UK. We’ve also added the length of each size in centimeters in order to make it easier for you to convert any shoe size quickly and easily, just by using the foot length. Measure your foot (find instructions below) and use the chart, in order to figure out which EU size is right for you.
Keep in mind that the European sizing system is used in n Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and most other continental European countries. UK and Ireland have a different sizing system, which we have described in our previous post “Shoe size conversion chart – UK shoe size in EU”.
Need help measuring your foot length?
All you have to do is to follow these 5 simple steps to convert your foot length from cm to a US or EU shoe size:
- Make sure you are standing, wearing socks if you’re going to buy winter shoes.
- Place your foot on a sheet of paper.
- Mark the circumference.
- Measure the longest distance with a ruler.
- Look up your size in the chart.
It is very important to wear shoes that fit properly so make sure you double check this simple information, follow the instructions given above and choose the right shoe size. But remember that this is a general shoe sizing chart guide, based on international size measuring conventions and our own shoe fitting experience here at Pagonis Greek Sandals. There might be slight differences and that’s depending on the shoe manufacturer, the country of origin and the style of shoes in general. Now that you have converted your US shoe size into EU, make your choice of Pagonis Greek Sandals with confidence and get ready to wear our stylish shoes for many summers to come.